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A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
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Jan 12, 09

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Read in January, 2009

"A History...in 6 Glasses" is an easy-to-read, specialized history of modern civilization with regards to 6 beverages with particular impact on human culture: beer, wine, liquor, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola. I'm not sure I'm convinced that the drinks were quite as earth-moving as he portrays them, but I must remember how much effect a small but persistent motivation can have. I felt that each section (one for each drink) was tidy and self-contained, for better or for worse, and the writing style was easy to follow--sometimes bordering on overly-simplistic, but enjoyable.

My only major problem is the lack of citations throughout the text. His notes at the end list sources by discussion topic, and it certainly makes for a more flowing, less scholarly text, but I repeatedly found myself wanting to look up more on a certain fact but unable to easily locate the source.

This book is an excellent source of information for trivia buffs :).
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